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In Early Afternoon 

after Malena Morling


The girl in the next chair

is ballooning like a blimp.

Her head a mushroom cloud

pouring radioactive ash on feet

burning to blackened crisp,

eyeballs gaseous globes --

Her belly swelling

full of dinosaur eggs,

legs and thighs

the size of live oaks,

and then her brain

blowing itself out,

cell by sensible cell.

-- Lois Greenberg

Lois Greenberg is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice whose work has appeared in journals such as Paper Street and HEArt (Human Equity Through Art), and in the e-zines hotmetalpress and writersalliance. She lives in Castle Shannon and is a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.

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